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Jelena Puzović, Ph.D., Head of the JVP Srbijavode Public Relations and International Cooperation Sector

Serbia Must Ensure the Conservation of the Precious Resource That is Water

Public Water Management Company Srbijavode engages in numerous activities aimed at overcoming the challenges brought by climate change – implementing projects to develop and...

Uroš Đorđević, Account Executive, Dell Technologies

Pioneer in the New Era of Digital Tech

Dell Technologies is a corporation that’s oriented towards technological innovation and keeps pace with technological trends in every sense, which includes AI Speaking in this...

Ana Toskić Cvetinović, Executive Director, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia

The Rule of Law is Vital Ana

Partners Serbia is an organisation that’s dedicated to advancing the rule of law and developing civil society and institutions in Serbia and around the...

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D., Director and Owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic

Passion is Key to this Job

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D. is the director and owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic, which specialises in physical medicine, rehabilitation, mesotherapy, aesthetics and anti-aging treatments Our...

Maja Marić, Country Manager Operations, CPI Property Group

Retail Parks Remain Fashionable

A key part of the company culture at CPI Property Group Serbia, which forms part of a family firm that was founded in the...

Vladan Marjanović, Journalist At Weekly NIN

How The European Idea Fades

If we see a continuation of the current situation in which only politicians and athletes can shift the continent, and if the pandemic brings into question the survival of the Schengen regime, as an ideal excuse for closing borders, the already-faded gloss of the european idea could be drained completely.

If the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on international relations were judged purely the basis of the headless global rush to procure as many respirators and protective equipment as possible, in all possible legal and illegal ways, during the time of the first wave of the spread of the infection, one could think that humanity is well on its way to ending up in some sort of sanitary version of a Hobbesian war of all against all.

Fortunately, it has been reaffirmed in the meantime that international cooperation and coordinated efforts to tackle collective threats like pandemics or global warming are the only way for the world to tackle such challenges. This is supported by encouraging news of progress in the development of an effective and reliable vaccine against COVID-19: regardless of the extent to which countries like China and Russia insist on developing their own vaccines, the greatest breakthrough to date has been achieved where international intellectual and material resources have combined.

Viewed in a narrower, European framework, especially from the perspective of countries that are not EU members but declaratively or really nurture such aspirations, a major problem – apart from economic disturbances caused by the pandemic everywhere – turns out to be presented by the closing of national borders and consequent restrictions on the freedom of movement.

Only one country has truly tried to abuse the pandemic politically in order to strengthen its own position: China

Given that this measure only affects so-called ordinary people, it doesn’t carry the risk of disrupting interstate relations; but it does undermine the very idea of the EU – and, in a broader, Degolean sense, the whole of Europe – as a space where, among other things, the flow of people is unimpeded. If we see a continuation of the current situation in which only politicians and athletes can shift the continent, and if the pandemic brings into question the survival of the Schengen regime, as an ideal excuse for closing borders, the already-faded gloss of the European idea could be drained completely.

The multiply weakened capacities of the EU, overwhelmed by its own worries, have – under the conditions of the pandemic – created additional space to strengthen the influence of other powers in the Western Balkans. But here, like elsewhere in the world, only one country has truly tried to abuse the pandemic politically in order to strengthen its own position: China. Conditioning medical care with public expressions of gratitude, sending faulty equipment, aggressively promoting untruths about the treatment of patients in some European countries, even through official channels… All this came back to Beijing like a boomerang, in the form of the collapse of its international reputation; everywhere except in these parts, where different criteria apply, so such treatment is crowned with bizarre fraternisation.

Slađana Prica, retired ambassador, member of the Forum for International Relations and honorary president of the UNA of Serbia

Diplomatic Response Overdue

The issue of the so-called ‘self-proclaimed’ Kosovo joining Europe’s oldest political organisation has long been an open question. Attempts have been made and lobbying...

Slobodan G. Markovich, Institute for European Studies and Faculty of Political Science

U.S. Elections More Critical for EU Future than EP Elections

While the EU’s right-wing parties are expected to make gains, these gains shouldn’t be expected to substantially alter the composition of the Parliament or...

Ivana Radić Milosavljević, Assistant Professor in European Studies at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Political Sciences

Not all Right-Wing Parties are Likeminded

The outcome of the European Parliament election is unlikely to cause a dramatic shift in EU policy, particularly foreign policy, but it could hamper...

Rajko Petrović, Research Associate at the Institute of European Studies

The EU Idea is Stronger than the Outcome of Less Important Elections

The electorate’s shift to the right won’t change the nature and essence of the idea of the European Union, and thus neither will it...

DM Celebrates 20 Years of Business in Serbia

On the occasion of its significant anniversary, two decades of successful operations in Serbia, dm drogerie markt organised a...

New Joint Venture Forms to Revolutionize Balkan Logistics

In a strategic move to enhance logistics operations in the Western Balkans, Transfera, a leading logistics company in the...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

Exciting, energising and breathtaking – the Mercedes‑AMG PureSpeed concept is the highlight in the run-up to the Formula 1™...

Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

Serbia Ascends as Key Trade Partner for Germany

Serbia is set to become a net exporter to Germany by 2025, overtaking its imports from the economic powerhouse,...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

Exciting, energising and breathtaking – the Mercedes‑AMG PureSpeed concept is the highlight in the run-up to the Formula 1™...

Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

EU Sets Global Standard with World’s First Artificial Intelligence Act

The European Union has taken a pioneering step by adopting the world's first Artificial Intelligence Act, setting a potential...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

Exciting, energising and breathtaking – the Mercedes‑AMG PureSpeed concept is the highlight in the run-up to the Formula 1™...

Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

EU Sets Global Standard with World’s First Artificial Intelligence Act

The European Union has taken a pioneering step by adopting the world's first Artificial Intelligence Act, setting a potential...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...
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